Easter had a history on drug convictions dating back to 2002 in both Mecklenburg and Gaston Counties.
Easter was released from custody on June 14, 2018 after serving 1 year and 7 months for his most recent drug conviction.
It is believed the Easter consumed an unknown type and quantity of drugs at some point either just prior or during his arrest and transport to the MCSO intake center.
CMPD says the following Officers are now on paid leave while IA and homicide investigate Easter's death:
From WBTV News:
Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Homicide Unit are investigating the circumstances surrounding an incident where a man suffered a serious medical emergency while in police custody and "later died from his injuries".
CMPD said the subject of the investigation, identified as 41-year-old Harold Easter, was taken into custody around 11:40 a.m. Thursday after officers say they saw him participate in an alleged drug transaction.
|Harold Pharr Easter Photo Courtesy MCSO|
While being interviewed and going through the booking process, Easter began experiencing what CMPD described as a life-threatening medical emergency and lost consciousness. Officers began giving medical aid and called for Medic, who transported Easter to a nearby hospital. Easter died Sunday morning.
CMPD said last week it was investigating the incident. That investigation remains active.
“Detectives with the CMPD’s Homicide Unit are conducting an investigation into this case because of the life-threatening, medical emergency experienced by Easter while in the custody of officers,” the release said.. “The CMPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau is also conducting a separate but parallel investigation to ensure the officers’ actions were consistent with the CMPD’s policies and procedures.”